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In "Speak", what do the changing mascots at Merryweather High School reflect?

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iskim | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 17, 2008 at 11:30 PM via web

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In "Speak", what do the changing mascots at Merryweather High School reflect?

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slchanmo1885 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted December 18, 2008 at 1:58 AM (Answer #1)

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The mascots change about four times I believe, from names such as Trojans and Devils and Hornets. The principal changes these mascots so many times because he is striving to find one that is "safe" and "appropriate." However, while he is wasting his time changing mascots, the students are having real issues. Melinda was raped, but the principal is clueless, trying to find politically correct mascots. The changing of the identities of the mascot also reflects Melinda's uncertain identity, as she holds on to the secret of her rape.

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